Why Choose McKinnon

  • Programs and courses offer solid foundations as well as a variety of techniques and modalities to suit beginners or established professionals seeking continuing education.
  • Courses feature an excellent balance between lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice. Most courses incorporate hands-on learning, so you’ll be prepared to work in your field.
  • Tuition structure and paths to certification and practice are the most competitive, flexible, and time-efficient in the Bay Area.
  • In 2014, the first-time pass rate for McKinnon grads taking the MBLEx was 94.4%, while the average for the state of California was only 70.6%. 93.1% of McKinnon students passed the MBLEx on their first try in 2015. This is 21.4% higher than the national first-time pass rate of only 71.7% for that year.
  • All McKinnon instructors are current practitioners in the field.
  • Many advanced courses include on-site clinics and off-site field trips. These experiences offer opportunities to work directly with the populations discussed in class.
  • Our 500-hour program can be customized so that you may choose the styles of bodywork that interest you the most.
  • Courses are scheduled in a variety of ways – mornings, days, weekends, evenings, and intensives – to suit your pace and financial/scheduling needs.
  • Our cost per classroom hour is very reasonable compared with other schools.
  • There are significant certificate program discounts for continuing/returning students and for full advance payment for certificate programs.
  • We charge 0% interest for payment plans, AND you won’t have a large student loan to pay off after you graduate.

Choose from our abundant offerings to create a Program that works for you:


500-Hour Program

If your goal is to become a professional Massage Therapist, we recommend the 500-hour program. Hours from all courses and electives offered at McKinnon count toward the 500-hour total. 500-Hour Program benefits include complimentary student membership/liability insurance through ABMP, personal instructor feedback, and additional program/career support. In California, 500 hours of education from an approved school and a passing score on the MBLEx are required for Certified Massage Therapist status (information is available at www.camtc.org). (read more)

1000-Hour Program

If you have completed the 500-Hour Massage Therapist Program and desire the highest level of preparation and distinction, you may continue your education by completing an additional 500 hours of coursework at McKinnon BTC. Through one-on-one meetings with Senior Faculty, you receive additional support to help you reach your goals. Private tutorials and clinic work are required in addition to coursework. Candidates must complete an application and successfully pass an interview process before being accepted into this program. (read more)

We also offer a wide range of Continuing Education and Community Workshops:
Tui NaCraniosacralEsalenTMThai MassageReflexologyPrenataland more

Current Course Schedule


We are always happy to show you around and go over school + enrollment information. Please call and set up a time to stop by during our office hours!

Monday-Thursday: 9a-6p
Friday: 9a-4p
Saturday/Sunday: 9a-2p

Learn about Programs and courses, get a feel for our intimate campus, and let us help you create a schedule that will fulfill your goals.

Click here to request Info Packet

Practice Sessions

Build confidence and improve your craft through weekly practice sessions with McKinnon instructors. Practice sessions are hands-on: be prepared to trade and stay the entire session. Held every Sunday from 6 pm to 9 pm, practice sessions are an opportunity for existing students and alumni to hone their skills and get some valuable, out-of-class practice time. Practice sessions are only open to McKinnon grads and current students. Practice Sessions are free for current students and $10 an evening for former students.

Practice Session Dates
Sundays 6-9pm:

07/23/17 – LARRY
07/30/17 – STACEY
08/06/17 – ERICA
08/13/17 – KATHLEEN

Quick Links

Former students from McKinnon BTC, Acupressure Institute, or BTC in Palo Alto can request transcripts for $15 each and have them sent to the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) or to another address.

Click here for the Transcript Request Form

Current McKinnon students will be able to make payments (Visa or MasterCard only) of any amount through this website. All information will be encrypted prior to submission and kept completely private upon receipt.

Click here to Make a Tuition Payment

Got questions? No matter if you are a prospective, current, or former student, McKinnon encourages you to use our “Ask A Question” form on the Contact Us page to get the assistance you need make decisions about your massage career!

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Important Links:
View McKinnon’s Performance Fact Sheet
View McKinnon’s BPPE Annual Report: www.dca.ca.gov/webapps/bppe/2015_summary.php
Download McKinnon’s Student Catalog
Download McKinnon’s Enrollment Form
Download McKinnon’s Course Schedule